5.9 Earthquake Rattles Central Virginia

5.8 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:03 UTC
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM at epicenter
Location 37.875°N, 77.908°W
Depth 6 km (3.7 miles) set by location program
  • 15 km (9 miles) S (179°) from Mineral, VA
  • 18 km (12 miles) SSE (154°) from Louisa, VA
  • 26 km (16 miles) ENE (58°) from Columbia, VA
  • 37 km (23 miles) E (97°) from Lake Monticello, VA
  • 54 km (34 miles) NW (314°) from Richmond, VA
  • 139 km (87 miles) SW (214°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST= 17, Nph= 17, Dmin=59.5 km, Rmss=0.33 sec, Gp=173°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=1
Event ID at00lqe6x3


23 Responses to “5.9 Earthquake Rattles Central Virginia”

  1. Ryan Cavallaro Says:

    I definitely just felt this in Connecticut. I felt my house wobbling slightly at about 1:55 PM EST and checked USGS, and there was an EQ in Virginia 4 minutes earlier, or so. Weird!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Felt in Dayton Ohio

  3. Anonymous Says:

    felt it here in suffolk va

  4. Anonymous Says:

    felt it in greenville sc too!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    We felt it here in Charleston, SC. The building was moving and shaking. We are in a 5 story 200,000 sq ft facility.


  6. Theresa K. Says:

    We felt it in central Pennsylvania — it was definitely a side-to-side kind of movement and lasted well over a minute — shook the furniture.

  7. I work in North Eastern Ohio, and I felt it.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I felt it in Western North Carolina. I work in a hospital pharmacy and everyone’s popping their heads out of doors asking, “Did you just feel that?” Unreal

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Was on a conference call with someone in North Carolina. He stated, Oh wow! My whole house is shaking. My chair is shaking and all the blinds are moving. Something just happened. Sure enough…

  10. Felt it here in Philly

  11. I definitely felt it as well. Chair I was sitting in wobbled slightly, felt it pretty good through the floor of our house here in Greer, SC.

  12. About 20 seconds of rumbling in Mechanicsburg, PA. Enough that there was concern about the roof. More powerful than the ones I felt in Tokyo in May.

  13. Felt it in Akron, Ohio.

    Building shook, blinds shook on windows.

  14. I live in Central VA , our apt shook for maybe a minute if that , nothing serious .

  15. In Gloucester Virginia, felt it, and it lasted a good 40 or more seconds.

  16. cliff Krowne Says:

    Wow. Rocked our whole 4 story building. reminded me of being in a 6.2 quake in LA, Calif.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Felt it here in Virginia Beach too

  18. felt it in Columbia, Md.

  19. We felt it here in West Virginia! Scary stuff!!

  20. Felt a tremor in Riverdale, NJ at approximately 1:52 pm in what seemed to be two sets that lasted about 30 seconds each.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Felt it here in Western North Carolina at 1:51 pm

  22. Sitting I car in DC, shook car for about 2 mins

    Knocked my daughter out of her bed t home in Crofton knocked stuff of bookcase shelves and from China closet.

  23. That’s right near the North Anna Nuclear Station. A scary thought in itself, and with that being the quake, aftershocks are known to sometimes be even worse.

    We felt this all the way in Cleveland, Ohio, and from what I am seeing on Facebook as been felt even further.

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